It’s just over 4 weeks since I finished The Sahara Race
(Namibia) and in 12 days’’ time I’ll be starting The Gobi March in China.
I’ve been doing mostly short 10k training runs since Namibia
and nothing over 15k, so I’m not sure how The Gobi March is going to go for me.
It’s been tough deciding whether to recover from the last race or train for the
next one, so I’ve ended up doing both, or neither, depending on how you look at
My journey to get to the next race will be an interesting
one. I’ll fly out of Singapore just after midnight on 16th June, to Shanghai
and then on to Urumqui in Xinjiang Province. I’ll then take a train to Hami and
finally a 3 to 4 hour drive into The Tien Shan Mountains, and the start of the
250km Gobi Desert Race on the morning of 19th June. The race will likely be a
fair bit tougher than my recent one in The Namib Desert, as it will be a combination
of cold mountains for the first half, followed by hot, sandy desert for the
second. The need for cold weather gear and additional food will almost
certainly push my backpack weight over 10kg this time and with steep up and
down hill terrane, my pace is going to be a lot slower.
The race will start at 2,500 meters elevation, and climb
close to 3,000 meters by Day 2. With about 25% less oxygen available at that
altitude and some steep hill sections, the start of this race will be a
challenge. The longest stage of the race will again be on Day 5, with an 80km
section through the sands of The Black Gobi.
Oh yes and I’ll be running with new (bigger size) shoes this
time, so hopefully no, or at least not as many blisters, for me on this run!!!
8 June 2016